Money Makes the (E-Cigarette) World Go ‘Round

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What states are looking to tax e-cigarettes and what the vaping community can expect from taxation.

The regulations surrounding smokeless cigarettes are a hot-button topic currently involved on many state (and federal) legislatures. One such item of contention is whether e-cigarettes will be treated like tobacco cigarettes. This includes banning their use in public places and levying taxes on their sale.

The forerunner amongst states taxing electronic cigarettes is Minnesota – however, Indiana, Kentucky, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and Washington are all considering taxing smokeless cigarettes and accessories. The taxes levied would be anywhere from 20-95%.

Given the odds, each state in the U.S. will eventually debate whether to levy special taxes on e-cigarettes…

Smokeless cigarette taxes would bring in high revenues from their sales. For example, Minnesota’s Department of Revenue estimates that tobacco sales taxes will bring in $1.16 billion during the 2014-2015 fiscal year—which makes taxing attractive with many states still in economic woes.

Wells Fargo states that current sales of electronic cigarettes are around $2 billion annually – however, Wells Fargo suggests that the worldwide profits from the sale of electronic cigarettes may exceed $10 billion by 2017.

Problems with Taxing Smokeless Cigarettes

While the added money that e-cigarette taxes would bring in could help the economy, taxation does come with some problems—mostly in the form of opposition from those affected by the taxes. Heavy taxes would cripple small businesses who specialize in vaping products. Another problem that could arise from taxing e-cigarettes is backlash from the vaping community.

One example of a city that is imposing a high tax on smokeless cigarettes and accessories is Olympia, Washington. The Olympia House approved a 75% tax. However, the committee is looking to amend the bill. This amendment would raise taxes on a $10 bottle of e-liquid to $20. This level of taxation is double what the state levies on marijuana, alcohol, and (in some cases) tobacco cigarettes.

After all is said and done, this proposed raise in smokeless cigarette tax could bring $35 million a year to the city of Olympia.

Current vapers can keep themselves informed on the changing laws surrounding the world of vaping by checking our blog. And for more in-depth analysis on e-cigarettes and taxes, we invite you to read Taxing Smokeless Cigarettes in our knowledge center today.

And if you’re ready to consider a new alternative way of getting the nicotine your body craves, click on over to EverSmoke’s main site for more about smokeless cigarettes.

CVS is Dropping the Habit

cvs_logo_largeRecent news to hit the tobacco cigarette industry was that CVS has decided to drop tobacco sales from all of their 7,600 locations throughout the country. Set to go into effect on October 1, the move marks the company’s decision to create a more healthful image. CVS Caremark is the nation’s largest pharmacy, based on their prescription revenue, and this move to end tobacco sales has been praised by both President Obama and a variety of different health organizations.

While CVS cultivates a healthier image, they are facing a loss of approximately $2 billion yearly. Some industry experts see that number as being on the lower end, and depending on market conditions they may face even greater losses as a result of the change.

CVS cites the Affordable Care Act as their main motive in changing, however they have long stood by prevention as the best health strategy. Despite the financial ramifications, CVS’s president and CEO, Larry J. Merlo, has stated that selling tobacco is not in line with their values. “Ending the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products at CVS/pharmacy is the right thing for us to do for our customers and our company to help people on their path to better health,” he said in a statement. “Put simply, the sale of tobacco products is inconsistent with our purpose.”

Interestingly, none of CVS’s competitors are considering the same cessation of tobacco sales. Considering that tobacco sales internationally topped the $554 billion mark in 2012, CVS tobacco sales account for a minute amount of that total.

Perhaps, however, it is time that CVS followed the lead of some of their competitors, such as Walgreens, which has sold electronic cigarettes for several years. While they are similar to traditional cigarettes, electronic cigarettes would have no problems fitting in with their more progressive image.

Even though this move is extremely bold, it certainly makes sense in terms of responsibility. It is obvious that the tobacco industry, as well as the electronic cigarette industry are in a point of major transition, and it will surely be interesting to see which retailers in the near future take the same stance as CVS. In the meantime, if you are interested in purchasing an e-cigarette starter kit, or want to learn more about them, feel free to browse our resources as well as products!

E-Cig Friendly Airports

EuropeAirportTraveling with e-cigarettes is great, and certainly better than trying to do so with traditional cigarettes. However things can get tricky if you think every location stands by the same rules and perspective on electronic cigarettes. Some airports are fine with electronic alternatives, and others have strict policies that regard them as no different than tobacco cigarettes.

State and local laws regarding e-cigarettes are one thing, and traveling with them is another. Currently, you cannot use them in the airplane during any commercial flight, but certain airports are more lenient.

If you aren’t aware before you go, you could be in for a surprise when you at the airport expecting to be able to vape as you please. Here is a look at the different airports that are e-cigarette friendly, and those that are not.

The following is a list of the American airports that currently ban e-cigarettes, and require all users to smoke them, along with traditional tobacco cigarettes, in areas designated for smoking:

• Boston Logan International Airport
• Chicago Midway International Airport
• Chicago O’Hare International Airport
• Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport
• Denver International Airport
• Detroit Metropolitan Airport
• George Bush Intercontinental Airport
• Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
• Los Angeles International Airport
• Orlando International Airport
• Philadelphia International Airport
• San Francisco International Airport
• Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

And the following is a list of the airports that do allow e-cigarettes to be used in their terminals:

• Charlotte Douglas International Airport
• Dulles International Airport
• McCarran International Airport (Las Vegas)
• Miami International Airport
• Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport
• Ronald Reagan Washington International Airport
• Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
• Tampa International Airport

As you may have noticed, none of the airports that serve the New York City area have been included on either list. They are, in any case, banned from use in any NYC airport terminal, and just to further this notion, with the Clean Air Act recently signed, using electronic cigarettes indoors in any public building in New York city is not allowed.

While traveling with electronic cigarettes is definitely the better option, especially compared to tobacco cigarettes, it’s quite important to know what you’re facing before you go! As with any trip, it’s always best to be as prepared as possible before you embark.

Spring Cleaning! – Taking Care of Your Electronic Cigarette

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Spring has sprung again!  This means the weather is getting warmer (hopefully), beautiful flowers are beginning to bloom and of course, the annoying pollen that comes along with the beauty of the season.  However, it also means it is time to get that check list out of items to clean!

Closets, cupboards, cabinets may only need the once a year spring cleaning but your electronic cigarette needs a cleaning on a regular basis.

If you have owned one a while and have yet to clean it, spring is a good time to start!  Your Eversmoke electronic cigarette has hopefully been a great investment for you so make it a priority to care of it properly.  It will not only help to extend the life of your product but can make your vaping experience even more satisfying.

Below are suggestions and guidelines for proper cleaning of your Eversmoke electronic cigarette. (However, always check your manual of your particular device for exactly cleaning instructions)

The Battery

  • Residue and dirt can often get stuck in between where the cartridge and battery connect.  It is suggested that, at least once a week, you take a lightly dampened cotton swab and clean this area where the residue collects.
  • Some people have used alcohol to clean but definitely check your manual before doing that. It is very important to clean the residue so that there is a proper connection between the battery and cartridge
  • Proper cleaning of your battery can mean better function, more charges and a longer lasting battery.

The Cartridge (Cartomizer)

  • Most newer model electronic cigarettes are now made up of two parts, the battery and the cartridge or cartomizer (e.g. where the atomizer, or heating element, is built into the cartridge).
  • The cartridge and atomizer used to be sold separately and would need cleaned separately but most are now combined.
  • Eversmoke offers disposable cartridges where it is not necessary to clean since it will be thrown away.
  • Eversmoke provides prefilled cartridges which means less mess and spills.
  • However, you may have a different type of model and you need to make sure that you clean the cartridge regularly where juices may have spilled and are possibly “caked” on to the cartridge.
  • You can take a small toothpick and gently break off the caked on material if the cloth will not work.

Bottom line, clean and take care of your electronic cigarette.  It will pay off for you! More TLC generally means a longer lasting electronic cigarette as well as better quality vaping.

Please check out our knowledge center for more valuable information on electronic cigarettes and how to get the most out of them. And if you’re looking for a user-friendly device, we invite you to consider Eversmoke. Click here for more…

Happy spring, happy cleaning and most of all…happy vaping!

Ways the Body Improves Post Tobacco

cigarettes_17r90ns-17r90ouThere are a lot of ways the body begins to recover when tobacco is no longer being funneled in on a regular basis. If you are thinking about making the switch to electronic cigarettes, here are some of the ways you can expect your body to react when no longer having the toxins of smoke and tar building up in your system. The following is a timeline of how the body repairs over time, showing how amazing the human body is, after all!

20 Minutes: Yes, your body’s chemistry changes in just 20 minutes after smoking a cigarette, with heart rate and blood pressure levels returning to their normal settings.

12 Hours: In 12 hours after your last tobacco cigarette, carbon monoxide levels in the blood stream return to normal.

2 Weeks: In just two weeks, lung function and circulation begin to improve.

1-9 Weeks: In this time period, the body begins to recover from typical symptoms of smoking like the infamous smoker’s cough and having shortness of breath. The cilia lining the lungs begin to function normally again, and they get to work cleaning the lungs, lessening the risk of infection.

1 Year: Your risk of coronary heart disease drops by 50%, making it half as high as a smoker’s risk.

5 Years: Your risk of certain cancers is now at a dramatically lower rate than that of a smoker’s. The risk of mouth cancer, throat cancer, esophagus cancer, and bladder cancer is now 50% less than that of smokers’. The risk of stroke and cervical cancer have also lowered  as well.

10 Years: The risk of pancreatic and larynx cancer has now decreased, and the risk of fatal lung cancer is now cut in half compared to smokers’ risks.

15 Years: The risk of heart disease is now the same as what nonsmokers face.

We all know tobacco is harmful, but being able to see exactly how the body takes care of itself over time is rather impressive. The human body is an amazing vessel, and taking care of it over the long run is so worth the while. If you are interested in switching to smoke-free, tobacco-free alternatives, please have a look at our Beginner’s Guide to Starter Kits, which has been designed to assist anyone in making the switch to vapor!

10 Best Ever Electric Cigarette Quotes

For such a small and simple device, electric cigarettes get a great deal of attention. Unfortunately, much of the attention is negative.

News about e-cigs, whether positive or negative, seems to pop-up daily. Some of the news explores different legislative and regulatory activity (…some good, some bad), while other news discusses research and social studies.

With such an interconnected world, it’s easy to see how different opinions about a given topic can get out there.

Here’s a taste of some of the top e-cig quotes found in the article Quotes from the Experts: a selection of quotes from the world’s most renowned experts in public health and tobacco issues.

  1.  “E-cigarettes deliver the same nicotine found in the pharmaceutical products, with no more contamination by toxic substances than the pharmaceutical products already approved by FDA.” By Dr. Joel Nitzkin, Chair, Tobacco Control Task Force, American Association of Public Health Physicians.
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E-Cigarettes as Fashion Statements

1383730_558687297519371_1759808932_nE-cigarettes have proven to be quite the fashion statements over the years. From having cameos in hit movies, to being the accessory of choice among many celebrities, they are serving as so much more than alternative smoking devices! Traditional tobacco cigarettes have moved out of the spotlight in recent decades, and electronic cigarettes have really taken over when it comes to being stylish. Goodbye smoke, your ugliness is no longer necessary!

Celebrities

The list of celebrities who use e-cigarettes is long and ever growing. Having chosen the vapor alternative, whether for the fashionable factor, or wanting to have a better smoking option, new celebs are switching all the time.

Old School Glamour

Another interesting factor about electronic cigarettes is how glamorous they are, in a ‘throwback to old Hollywood’ kind of way. During Hollywood’s golden age, cigarette smoking was an evident factor of coolness, as men did it to display their macho masculinity, and women did it to exemplify their independence and a certain toughness. Obviously, through the years, these facades were torn down with the abundance of negative attitudes towards cigarettes. Presently, e-cigarettes enable users to have a similar sense of coolness, of enjoying their smoking, minus the harmful effects of tobacco, with all of the same glamour and panache.

Stylish Accessories and Devices

Tobacco simply isn’t cool anymore. E-cigarettes and vaporizers are modern, digitized, and able to be customized like so many of today’s technological gadgets. Why smoke cigarettes, with all of their limitations, and ghastly tobacco when you can vape? E-cigarettes and vaporizers happen to be incredibly stylish; they are made to look good, often with stainless steel bodies and aerodynamic design. And in using them, you have much more ability to have things your way. You can choose from endless flavors and accessories, allowing you to create your own experience in every way.

Electronic smoking is about more than just inhaling nicotine. It’s about taking part in a movement that is more than a phase; it’s a burgeoning cultural movement allowing smokers more control, more options, and more freedom without the shackles of tobacco. And, they happen to look damn good in the process!

Online Vaping E-Cigarette Communities – Connecting Vapers Worldwide

The highly digital nature of our society allows us to be connected to people all around the world. One such way that people connect is through joining a message board—the more frequently used message boards end up forming a type of virtual community or family online.

Online communities dedicated to vaping allow newcomers to get insider information, and for veteran vapers and enthusiasts to exchange ideas.

Components of Vaping Message Boards

Most all message boards work in the same way. They are hierarchical, tree-like and divided by a given subtopic under an umbrella heading. There are three basic and common aspects to e-cigarette message boards:

  • Discussion of e-smoking vaping basics
  • Encouraging other members to switch
  • News about e-cigarettes

The basics section(s) typically include discussions of different e-cigarettes. This discussion includes favorite brands, favorite flavors, basic functionality and much more. Having a community of members providing suggestions for products can help new vapers save money in the long run by helping them to not purchase products that are inferior.

And despite their dramatic rise in popularity, e-cigarettes are still foreign to many people. They can be confusing, even frustrating, to operate, especially for someone who has used traditional cigarettes for many years. However, with a dedicated community of vapers offering invaluable insights and encouragement, adopting this alternative can be much easier.

The other big value of online vaping and e-cigarette communities is news, including new research studies or any regulations being considered by federal, state and local governmental authorities. Some of these regulations like sales to minors make sense, but others attempt to treat vaping and e-cigarettes like traditional cigarettes.

Being a part of an online community can help vapers join forces to fight to keep electronic cigarettes favorable in the public eye.

Vaping Communities

There are several different message boards that cater to the vaping community. The top three message boards  are The Vaping Forum, E-cigarette Forum, Vapers Place. The first two being traditional message boards with multiple forums on various topics. Vapers Place broadens out to include a podcast.

Along with message boards, our knowledge center at learn.eversmoke.com and blog are also great resources to learn more about this exciting alternative way to enjoy smoking. Not only can you discover news in the world of e-cigarettes, but you can also browse our starter kits to find the right one for you.

What’s in Your E-Cig? Lets Discuss Liquid

EverSmoke-Pro-Kit1There has been a lot of discussion occurring as of late about e-liquids. Some reports claim it is dangerous, hazardous, and is not safe for exposure, however most e-smokers will disagree with that based on experience. Here is a look at e-liquid facts, and some info on safe use of it, just so you know truth from fiction.

PG or Vg e-liquid? The main ingredients in e-liquid are generally vegetable glycerin (VG), propylene glycol (PG), water, flavoring and liquid nicotine. There can be additional ingredients, however the quantities are usually minute.

Our cartridges are available in varying amounts of e-liquid, ranging from 0mg to 24mg (Bold). Other amounts available include 18mg (Full Flavored), 12mg (Light) and 6mg (Ultra Light). The nicotine is diluted in the solution of water, PG, and/or VG, and in actuality, very little nicotine is contained within each cartridge; it takes so little to be adequate.

Our cartridges contain a combination of VG and PG, in a 30/70 mix, which we concluded was the ideal balance of these liquids to create a satisfying experience for the user, giving large, thick vapor hits. VG is a thick liquid derived from plant sources, and it has the ability to produce thick, heavy, smooth-hitting vapor with a sweet taste. PG is a rather thin liquid, and it contributes to a very powerful throat hit, which is why many people find it the right consistency for vaping.

While PG is considered a generally safe ingredient, it should be noted that some individuals have sensitivities to it, which can result in allergic reactions. It is an ingredient found quite commonly in skincare products and food products as a preservative. If you have an intolerance to propylene glycol, it is best to avoid e-liquids containing it.

Because our cartridges come pre-filled with e-liquid, you really have no way of physically coming into contact with the liquid, contrary to using actual e-liquids for filling your e-cigarettes yourself. However, if for some reason you do, it is best not to handle it with your bare hands or any exposed skin. It is meant only for inhalation, and not meant to touch skin.

Knowing the basics of e-liquids are one of the keys to understanding and feeling comfortable with electronic smoking, whether or not you are filling tanks or using pre-filled cartridges. Understanding what your liquid contains is essential, and can help you make the best decisions when choosing a brand. Hope this info shed some light on a much confused topic, and as always, if you want to know more about our particular e-liquids, fee free to contact us with any questions regarding them!

Introducing EverSmoke E-Rewards!

business_savingsGet ready, EverSmoke fans, we’ve got something really awesome in store for you! Since we are all about making your experience with us as rewarding as possible, and making sure you know how much your loyalty is valued, we’d like to introduce our newest way of making it worthwhile to be a customer! Get ready for EverSmoke E-Rewards!

This new program is all about you. It’s about giving back to you, and making all the money you spend with us mean that much more. The way it works is easy; simply by being a customer, you will receive your rewards. For every dollar spent, you will earn 1 point, and when you have spent $200, you will receive $20 to spend with us on future purchases. This equates to the fantastic savings of 10% back on all of your purchases, giving you even more incentive to be a customer and enjoy your EverSmoke products.

What’s more is that it’s not just purchases that will get you points. You can earn points by joining our Home Delivery Program (which also gets you additional benefits, savings and rewards!), Liking Us on Facebook, Following Us on Twitter, sharing your purchases on Facebook, leaving product reviews, and by simply having a birthday!

Enrollment in our E-Rewards Program is automatic; you will be enrolled if you are a customer. It costs nothing, and requires no effort on your part. Purchase, vape, be loyal, connect with us through social media, and enjoy the many benefits.

We know your money is valuable, and we are more than thrilled to give back to you. We know e-cigarettes save money, and we are taking it to new levels! We want to see your loyalty rewarded, and give you all the more benefits when shopping with us. We are so grateful for your loyalty; get ready for the savings!